Manchester City 0 – 0 Manchester United, a boost for Arsenal FC

Three consecutive wins have indeed raised the Gunners spirits and Arsenal top four chances are being boosted on every side as the match between Manchester United and Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night ended in a barren draw.

Man City and United had gone into the match fourth and fifth respectively on the league standing, with only one point separating the two Manchester clubs and that remained unchanged after the match.

That, of course, is a welcome development for Arsenal who are still looking to gatecrash into the top four and the result of the Manchester derby could serve as a morale booster for us in the North London derby against Mauricio Pochettino’s men on Sunday.

Arsenal have never failed to qualify for the Champions League since Arsene Wenger took over twenty years ago but after enduring a difficult period in the last few weeks following a string of bad results and dropping out of the Premier League quartet, Champions League football next season had looked like a pipe dream.

A switch in formation, win over Middlesbrough coupled with Liverpool’s lose to Crystal Palace and another win over Leicester City this midweek however seemed to have resurrected the hope of securing a Champions League spot next season.

Currently in the sixth place on 60 points, Arsenal are five points adrift the fourth place one game at hand and a win on Sunday will push us even closer to a top four finish, hoping our rivals drop points.

Spurs forward Harry Kane has constituted himself a menace to the Gunners defence in the past meetings, scoring five goals in four consecutive league appearances against Arsenal but with three centre-backs his threat can be curtailed.

 

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